Inside Cole Hamels’ $1.55M Newtown Square Home

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Is Cole Hamels following in Ryan Howard’s footsteps? Seems he and wife Heidi — who are not building a palatial Florida estate with doorknobs that cost thousands of dollars — are planning a move.

The Phillies pitcher moved to Newtown Square (a significant hike from his former Two Liberty Place residence) in 2009, as philly.com’s Lauren Mennen noted, into a home they bought for $1.53 million. Now they’re selling it for $1.55 million. Amenities include a three-car attached garage; finished basement with second kitchen, bar, game room and play room; and (not surprisingly) a security system with motion detectors and cameras.

Other general highlights are visible in the gallery of TREND real estate photos below, but the generic quality of the rooms make me think the photos must be of the model home in the development and not of the family home itself. Also, the address is slightly different on the deed. So: grain of salt.

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Is Cole Hamels Leaving Town?

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Photo | Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Photo | Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

Cole Hamels, of course, should never have to buy a drink in this town again. He was MVP of the 2008 World Series, remember, on a team that was packed with explosive talent. Many of those explosive players are still there — but they’re all a lot older now. The standings show that. So Cole Hamels may have to leave.

Sad, that.

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Philly Owed $2.5M for Policing, Including $276K From the Phillies

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Alan Butkovitz. Photo: Cbrblessing

City Controller Alan Butkovitz said today the City of Philadelphia is owed around $2.5 million in past due balances for police services. A majority of it, $1.8 million, comes from businesses that are more than 90 days late on their bill.

Among the money the city is owed, according to Butkovitz?

  • The State, oldest age of debt 2007: $341,328.73
  • The Phillies, 2008: $275,874.76
  • Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp, 2010: $256,094.63
  • Mann Center Performing Arts, 2013: $108,453.81
  • Tiki Bob’s Cantina, 2007: $68,847.11
  • Chuck E. Cheese, 2006: $21,308.82
  • Lincoln Financial Field, 2009: $19,057.47
  • MMM Model Management, 2008: $643.33
  • AMC Franklin Mills, 2008: $46.70
  • St. Joseph’s University, 2013: 12 cents
  • Wal‐Mart, 2013: 1 cent

Yes, that’s right: Tiki Bob’s, which closed ages ago, still owes the city almost $70 grand. And Chuck E. Cheese better not try to pay the city back with proprietary tokens!

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The Phils Without Ryan Howard Would Be Like Gluten-Free Cat Food

The Joy of a Phillies Game, Even When They Stink: What's nice about baseball is it's a picnic. The Phillies may have given up three home runs to Ryan Braun in a 10-4 loss in their home opener, but I still had a good time at the game yesterday. I tailgated with friends in the parking lot beforehand. I met my uncle, a man who's taken me to scores of Phillies games in my life, and we sat in his season ticket seats. I listened to him wax nostalgic on Phillies teams in games past — "Since the Vet opened, I've only missed about three home openers," he bragged — and we drank beers and sighed as the Brewers scored another run. I ran into friends I hadn't seen in forever. I updated an old boss on my life. I actually walked back to downtown up 10th Street because it was nice out, and a friend suggested we walk. Why has no one asked me to do this before? I wondered aloud. (Dan McQuade)

My husband Doug and I were toggling between preseason football and yet another extra-innings Phillies game the other night when we lighted upon a cat food commercial. We don’t have a cat (though we did recently acquire a grand-kitten), so there was no reason to pause. Yet we did. Because the narrator of the commercial was proudly declaring that the cat food in question was gluten-free.

“Is this a commercial for gluten-free cat food?” Doug asked incredulously, just as I said, “Was that a gluten-free cat food commercial?” Because no matter how you feel about the current human gluten-free craze, it seems off the wall to extend it to our feline friends. The ones I’ve had in my lifetime haven’t been big bread eaters, generally. Nor were they particularly fond of pasta. But I never noticed any ill effects from the occasional noodle or cookie crumb. And I’ve had a lot of cats. Read more »

How Citizens Bank Park Rates in Craft Beer

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The Washington Post has compiled a piece on craft beer and Major League ballparks. It’s an interesting look at how many ballparks have embraced craft beer (Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark offers 130 different beers) and that the increase in craft beer sales haven’t really come at the expense of the big macro brewers.

As for the Phillies, they’re faring better in beer than on the field, though Citizens Bank Park is seeing strong competition across the land.

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Phillies Trade Away Pitcher (No, Not One You’re Attached To)

The Phillies traded pitcher Roberto Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon for two players to be named later. Yes, there’s a very good chance you don’t really know who this guy is.

The Phillies signed Hernandez to a 1-year, $4.5 million contract last December. He went 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA in 20 starts for the Phillies this year. His last outing was an 8-inning, 5-hit, 0-earned run performance against the Washington Nationals last Friday. The Phillies won that game, 2-1.

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Ryan Howard Spent $80K on Doorknobs

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Days after reporting his Blue Bell home was pending sale and speculating to where the Big Piece was headed, we now find out his beachfront estate, which reportedly rang up to $5.8 million in construction costs, is closer to completion than we imagined.

Situated just 10 miles from the Phillies’ spring training complex in Clearwater, the home will include two kitchens, two elevators, three laundry rooms, bowling alley, wine room, two-story library, and (you can take moment to catch your breath now) a trophy room, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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The Phillies Are Losers (and Always Will Be) — the Case for Bringing Back the A’s

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Q: When there were two teams in this town, how did people decide whether to be Phillies fans or A’s fans?

A: You didn’t decide. You were an A’s fan.

That was b-roll from an interview I did with author Bruce Kuklick a couple of years ago, but it reiterates what I have heard time and time again over the years: that this was always a Philadelphia A’s town, until Connie Mack’s sons Roy and Earle took on more debt than they could repay and sold out to New York interests, who promptly moved the team to Kansas City and set them up as a de facto farm team for the Yankees. Bruce continued:

My uncle grew up a Phillies fan, and he was regarded as a loser. My mother called him the last male virgin in captivity. She told us growing up that our Uncle Buck “needed someone to follow him around with toilet paper.”

After all, one would need to have some sort of mental or emotional issues to cheer for a Phillies team that finished under .500 in 30 of the 31 years from 1918-1948 (the one year above .500 they finished at 78-76). Especially when there was a team in a nicer ballpark (Shibe Park was a modern marvel when it was erected in 1909, the Baker Bowl was always a dump) six blocks away that was well-run, well-respected, and that won five World Series while in Philly.

It simply made no sense to be a Phillies fan, because they were a franchise that never had a plan, never had a clue, an embarrassment that dove into the cellar each year as soon as the season started and stayed there.

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Mets Accidentally Give Out Truck With Phillies Logo

The Mets gave out a W.B. Mason toy truck over the weekend, because that’s the type of giveaway the company likes to sponsor. (The Phillies also had a toy truck giveaway sponsored by the company — a Northeast U.S. paper company, so essentially the real-life Dunder Mifflin.) But — whoops! — at least one Mets truck had the Phillies logo on it.

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How Badly Did the Phillies Blow the Trade Deadline? Even the Mets Look Good by Comparison

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. not making a trade. Photo | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on July 25th, not making a trade.  Photo | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB trade deadline is over, and as many Phillies fans prayed wouldn’t happen — but knew deep down inside it would — GM Ruben Amaro Jr. did nothing. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Sitting at 14 games under .500 and sinking, the Phils could very well be teetering on the brink of the same abyss that swallowed up the Mets post-2008. Making matters worse, the other four teams in the NL East all took distinct turns for the better at this year’s deadline. After a look at the future prospects for the Mets, Marlins, Braves and Nationals, you might want to cover your eyes.

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